Social Sciences

http://www.uwplatt.edu/socialsci

Department Chair: Thomas A. Waters
Office: 324 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1787
E-mail: waters@uwplatt.edu

Majors:

Economics Major
Comprehensive Business and Economics Major
Computer Science Concentration
Business and Economics with Vocational Business Studies Concentration Major
Geography Major
History Major
International Studies Comprehensive Major
Political Science Major
Social Sciences Comprehensive
Economics Emphasis
Geography Emphasis
History Emphasis
Psychology Emphasis

Minors:

Geography Minor
Geology Minor
Environmental Science Minor
History Minor
International Studies Minor
Political Science Minor
Social Sciences Minor
Sociology Minor

About The Department & Major

The Department of Social Sciences, a combined program in the liberal arts, offers courses of study which challenge students to develop an understanding of the dynamics of individual and social behavior from a number of perspectives. The department offers programs in environmental earth science, geography, geology, history, international studies, political science, social sciences comprehensive, and sociology. Descriptions of these programs and courses are found below.

While the study of social sciences may also include criminal justice, economics, and psychology, these programs are listed under their own department headings.

Geography

http://www.uwplatt.edu/geography

Department Chair: Thomas A. Waters
Office: 324 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1787
E-mail: waters@uwplatt.edu
Contact: Richard A. Waugh
Office: 236 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1386
E-mail: waugh@uwplatt.edu
Professor:
Richard A. Waugh
Associate Professor:
H. Todd Stradford
Mari A. Vice
Assistant Professors:
Robert M. Kerr
J. Elmo Rawling
Lecturers:
Carol Bendorf
Mark Sethne

About The Geograhpy Program & Major

The two disciplines of geography and geology are included in the Department of Social Sciences. Major and minor programs in geography are available for those wishing to teach geography or social studies in the secondary schools and for those seeking non-teaching jobs or wishing to do graduate study in geography. The department also offers a geology minor, designed primarily to provide reclamation and engineering students with a sound basis in geology essential for professional work, and a minor in Environmental Science for those who are preparing for a career working in nature.

Geography focuses on physical, economic, and social factors of the earth. It makes an attempt to observe, analyze and understand the spatial organization of these phenomena. The discipline deals with people and their settlements, cultural characteristics and economic activities, as well as with the natural factors of the environment such as landforms, climate, soils, vegetation, minerals, and environmental conditions.

The objective of a geography major is to prepare students with various cultural and natural environmental distributional patterns existing over the earth's surface. As the world is shrinking through the technological advances and transportation revolution, students should be able to adjust in the fast changing world. It will broaden their outlook about other regions and cultures and thereby make them better world citizens.

Graduates with a major in geography may be able to find jobs with federal agencies, county and municipal governments, cartography and engineering firms, insurance companies, oil companies, and planning agencies. Some graduates may pursue graduate studies in geography and others may opt to teach in schools.

All students intending to become licensed teachers must satisfy the requirements outlined in the section "Teacher Licensure" listed under School of Education.

Mission

Geography students will have a solid understanding of geographic principles. They will be prepared to understand, communicate, and use this knowledge in both theoretical and practical ways. Theoretical use is the ability to understand the framework of the discipline and synthesize ideas based on learned concepts, and practical is the ability to use the tools of the discipline, such as GIS, cartography, and other spatial-analytical skills. They also will be prepared to demonstrate the link between theoretical and preactical knowledge by conducting original research.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. exhibit the ability to identify the Earth's physicla and cultural regions, with an understanding of the processes which fo on within these regions and whcih make them distinct from other regions;
  2. demonstrate technical geographic skills, including
    1. the production and interpretation of professional maps
    2. the ability to read Topographic Maps and Air Photos
    3. the ability to use GIS to analyse geographic data;
  3. demonstrate the ability to think in and logically express in written form important geographic concepts; and
  4. conduct, process, prpare and present empirical geographic research at a fundamental level.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 44-58 credits
Major Studies 36 credits

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 within the major studies for graduation.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

In addition to the bachelor of science requirements, students must complete nine supplemental credits in a foreign language.

Geography Major (36 credits)

One course in Human Geography, to be chosen from:

One course in Advanced Regional Geography, to be chosen from:

Majors who wish certification as a teacher must also take GEOGRPHY 3120, Geography of Wisconsin.

Geography Minor (24 credits)

Two courses in Physical Geography, chosen from:

One course in Geographic Techniques, to be chosen from:

One course in Human Geography, to be chosen from:

One course in Advanced Regional Geography, to be chosen from:

Social Sciences Comprehensive Major with a Geography Emphasis

Students who wish a broader exposure to the social sciences may want to consider the social sciences comprehensive major, which includes courses in history, political science, economics, sociology, and psychology as well as a minor in geography.

Students who plan to teach must fulfill professional requirements in the School of Education and must enroll in GEOGRPHY 3330 Environmental Conservation. HISTORY 1430 fulfills the cooperatives requirement for the State of Wisconsin teaching certificate.

Geology

http://www.uwplatt.edu/geography

Contact: Mari A. Vice
Office: 241 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1055
E-mail: vice@uwplatt.edu

About The Geology Program & Minor

A minor in Geology demonstrates the relationship between the earth sciences and other fields. It provides students in reclamation, biology, engineering, and other allied areas with a sound basis in geology essential for professional work. Practical field experience emphasizes biological evolution, geological history and environmental problems.

Geology Minor (24 credits)

One introductory course in Geology, to be chosen from:

Plus each of the following required courses:

Electives chosen from the following to yield a minimum total of 24 credits:

Environmental Science

http://www.uwplatt.edu/geography/envmnsci/envmnsci.html

Contact: Richard A. Waugh
Office: 236 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1836
E-mail: waugh@uwplatt.edu

About The Environmental Science Department & Minor

The Environmental Science minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students in the sciences, engineering, reclamation, agriculture, geography, industry, biology, sociology, political science, education, and others a broad background in the many aspects of the environment. The minor is designed to supplement students' careers so that they will be better equipped to function in today's society where the environment is of prime importance.

Environmental Science Minor (24 credits)

Required courses:

5 Credits of General Chemistry, chosen from:

Plus electives from the following to yield a minimum total of 24 credits:

One course in organismal biology, chosen from:

One course in Geographic Techniques, chosen from:

Guided Field Experience (maximum of 4 credits) chosen from:

One course in Environmental Engineering, chosen from:

History

http://www.uwplatt.edu/socialsci/history/history.html

Contact: Nancy Turner
Office: 332 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1789
E-mail: turnern@uwplatt.edu
Professors:
Paula M. Nelson
Associate Professors:
David Krugler
David Rowley
Nancy Turner
Assistant Professors:
Joong-Jae Lee
Lecturer:
Susan Hellert
Christine Myers

About The History Program & Major

The Department of Social Sciences offers a major and minor in history. History is the systematic study of the past. History is the foundation discipline within the liberal arts. It is the source of the social sciences. Advancing understanding of the past helps us understand human nature, broadens our perspectives, refines our judgments and provides insight into contemporary issues. The study of history is basic to our personal uniqueness, our professional identity and our civic lives.

Students of history learn important skills. The study of history requires intellectual effort to develop reading, writing, analysis and logic. Students learn to do research; to assess arguments; to interpret economic, social, political, cultural and technological change in a variety of contexts.

History majors can find work in many fields. Some are directly related to the subject matter of history, such as museums and archive work, teaching, documentary film, or historical publishing. Others use the skills that the study of history cultivates. History is a liberal arts degree that provides the basis for work in business, advertising, journalism, public relations, public administration, planning, research and professional fields, such as law.

Mission

The History Program enables its majors to become broader in perspective, more literate, intellectually more astute, ethically more sensitive, and to participate wisely in society as competent professionals and knowledgeable citizens. Our students understand the complexity of the factors and forces that can cause historical change, and they are able to analyze and evaluate historical narratives that explain change. Students develop skills in reading, writing, analysis, and logic. History majors learn to do research, to assess arguments, to interpret economic, social, political, cultural and technological change in a variety of contexts.

Goals and Objectives

Students will:

  1. write historical essays with a clear and focused thesis, developed by a logical argument, and substantiated with factual detail;
  2. undertake historical research projects based on primary and secondary sources in both print and electronic formats, including formulatiing historical significant questions, gathering appropriate sources, and applying an sppropriate mthos of analysis and synthesis; and
  3. critically analyze works of history by demonstrating an understanding of a work's assumptions, method, sources, and point of view and evaluating its argument.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 44-58 credits
Major Studies 36 credits

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 within the major studies for graduation

History Major (36 credits)

Choose two of the following U.S. History courses:

Choose two of the following European History courses:

Choose two of the following European History courses:

Choose one of the following non-Western courses:

Choose three elective courses from the above lists.

Students may also enroll in:

History majors must demonstrate competence in writing. The writing exam is given during the junior year. See the department contact person for procedures.

Honors Program

History majors with at least a 3.75 GPA in history and 3.50 overall may be invited to complete an honors research paper. Students wishing to do honors research should consult with their advisors.

History Minor (24 credits)

Students must take the following required courses:

From the courses listed under "History Major" above, choose:

International Studies

http://www.uwplatt.edu/socialsci/international/international.html

Contact: Thomas A. Waters
Office: 324 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1787
E-mail: waters@uwplatt.edu

About The Internation Studies Major

International studies is available as a comprehensive interdisciplinary major and a minor offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Education in the Department of Social Sciences. The international studies major focuses on the global perspective in education. Through a cross-national approach the major is designed to make visible and explicit the interdependence that has been created by economic, technological and communications development in the contemporary world.

Students in international studies must be self-directed and confident in their ability to plan their course work to match their anticipated professional goals. This major is designed to prepare students to work effectively in the increasingly complex world. The program offers considerable flexibility for students to develop areas of specialization. Students are able to draw upon the offerings of other departments at this university. It is recommended that all majors study a foreign language, and if possible, complete a minor in that language. Also study abroad programs are available and recommended for students in this major.

Mission

The International Studies major provides an understanding of transnational and intercultural relations through interdisciplinary work across departments in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. It includes curricular, experiential and skills components which enable students to engage in personal development, academic commitment, intercultural development in the form of understanding cultural values of different cultures, and career development.

Goals and Objectives

Graduates will:

  1. exhibit familiarity with geographical, cultural, political, economic, literary and historical approaches to global issues;
  2. develop working knowledge of the methodologies central to the participating social science and humanities courses;
  3. undertake an international experience through an appropriate study abroad program; and
  4. demonstrate competency in a second language, at least equivalent to three courses of college-level work.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 44-58 credits
Major Studies 60 credits
Foreign Language Minor (suggested) 24 credits

International Studies Comprehensive Major (60 credits)

The International Studies major has a core requirement of 15 credit hours. Students must choose between Track I or Track II. The list of International Education courses is found below:

Core Required

Choose either track:

Track I

Track II

A semester abroad is strongly recommended. Most classes taken abroad will count toward the International Studies Major.

Students who major in international studies must complete at least two years of a foreign language, and a foreign language minor is suggested.

The major requirements also include a written competency certification developed by the department. Please check at the department office for details.

A semester or year in a foreign study program, which is strongly recommended, is an ideal way to fulfill Parts Three and Four of the major.

Foreign Study Programs

International Studies majors are encouraged to give consideration to a semester or year abroad in one of our foreign study locations. A semester abroad is an ideal way to complete the third part of the major because a student actually lives in the geographical region of specialization and studies aspects of the culture. With the exception of the programs in Avignon and Puebla, the language of instruction is English. In all but these two programs, fluency in a foreign language is not a prerequisite to participation. All participants study the language of the country while they are living there. The combination of classroom work and everyday exposure to and use of the language results in a degree of fluency by the end of the semester or year abroad.

Our primary study abroad locations include London, England; Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, France; Heidelberg, Germany; Dublin and Limerick, Ireland; Lisbon, Portugal; Seville, Spain; and Puebla, Mexico. In addition, programs in China, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Greece and Italy are available through consortial arrangements. Detailed information about each program is available from the Office of the Institute for Study Abroad programs located in Royce Hall, Room 111 (608-342-1726).

International Studies Minor (24 credits)

In our global scociety, employers increasingly expect graduates to possess an understanding of other nations and cultures. The International Studies minor provides students with the opportunity to study international topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students pursuing the monir in International Studies must be self-directed and able to plan course work to complement their major field of study. Students pursue 12 credits foreign language in one language and complete 12 credits from the list of courses fulfilling the "International Perspective" University Requirement.

Political Science

http://www.uwplatt.edu/socialsci/polysci/polysci.html

Contact: John Rink
Office: 316 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1795
E-mail: rink@uwplatt.edu
Professor:
John R. Rink
Thomas A. Waters
Associate Professor:
Rosalyn Broussard
Lecturer:
Scott Nikolai

About The Political Science Program & Major

The Department of Social Sciences offers a major and minor in Political Science. Political science is the study of governmental institutions and decision-making in the political arena. Political science focuses on political systems by looking at American institutions, public law, public administration, public policy, political theory, political behavior, comparative politics, and international relations. Political science is a discipline in the social sciences and part of the liberal arts approach to education.

Students in political science learn skills in writing and critical thinking. They are asked to learn to question, analyze and consider solutions to political problems. Research abilities are important for future individual and professional success.

Students seeking employment rather than graduate or professional (law) school should consider courses in administration and management. Those planning on graduate school should take political theory courses and research methods.

Mission

The Political Science Program enables its majors to prove substantially the understanding of themselves and the world. The department seeks to educate students to have knowledge and appreciation of politics, the development of political thought and governance, and the essential knowledge of their chosen fields. It attempts to enable students to live more meaningfully in the world according to their understanding of themselves and others. The department seeks to prepare its graduates for employment and/or advanced study, and to stimulate students in anticipating their future roles as professionals and citizens.

Goals and Objectives

Graduates will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding og the orgins, development, structure and operation of American government with emphasis on the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches and their political actors;
  2. develop an ability to explain the linkages of individuals and groups to the political process, the structure and functions of public policies, the decision making process and follow national and world issues intelligently; and
  3. demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of political thought and social research methods.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 44-58 credits
Major Studies 36 credits

Political Science Major (36 credits)

All students must take the following courses:

Choose 24 credits from the following:

Political science majors must demonstrate a writing proficiency. Please see the department contact person for the requirements.

Political Science Minor (24 credits)

Social Sciences Comprehensive

http://www.uwplatt.edu/socialsci/comp/comp.html

Department Chair: Thomas A. Waters
Office: 324 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1787
E-mail: waters@uwplatt.edu

About The Department & Major

Note: some emphases are administered by departments other than the Department of Social Sciences. For simplicity, however, all emphases and their requirements are listed in this section.

Economics Emphasis:
Contact: John Ifediora
Economics Office: 446 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1550
E-mail: ifediora@uwplatt.edu
History Emphasis:
Contact: Nancy Turner
History Office: 332 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1789
E-mail: turnern@uwplatt.edu
Geography Emphasis:
Contact: Richard Waugh
Geography Office: 236 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1836
E-mail: waugh@uwplatt.edu
Psychology Emphasis:
Contact: Patricia Bromley
Psychology Office: 228 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1723
E-mail: bromleyp@uwplatt.edu

The Social Sciences Comprehensive major includes course work in economics, geography, history, political science, sociology and psychology. A minor in economics, geography, history or psychology is required; this is considered the area of emphasis. Students who wish a broad liberal arts program will find it within the Social Sciences Comprehensive major.

Students who plan to teach will also find the Social Sciences Comprehensive major useful. (Additional information appears below.)

Mission

Our program provides majors with a broad grounding in the Social Sciences and the equivalent of a minor in History.

"Social sciences" is not a discipline, in itself, but combines many disciplines. Therefore it provides no unique skills and concepts seperate from those offered by Economics, History, Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology.

In addition to the broad liberal arts education provided by eah of the component disciplines, the Scial Sciences Comprehensive Major with an Emphasis in History prepares social sciences instructors to teach in the public school system.

Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives specific to each discipline are assessed as part of the assessment of the individual disciplines. The unique goal of the Social Science Comprehensive Major with an Emphasis in History is to provide a broad knowledge of Social Science and History facts and concepts.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 44-58 credits
Major Studies varies

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 within the major studies for graduation.

Economics Emphasis (66 credits)

Economics required courses:

Students must also choose one from the following:

Students must also choose two elective courses. The following are strongly recommended:

Geography required courses:

History required courses:

Political Science required courses:

Psychology required courses:

Sociology required courses:

Geography Emphasis (63 credits)

Geography required courses:

History required courses:

Economics required courses:

Political Science required courses:

Psychology required courses:

Sociology required courses:

History Emphasis (60 credits)

History required courses (24 credits):

36 credits from the following list (30 are required, 6 are electives)

Geography required courses:

One of the following may be used as an elective:

Economics required courses:

One of the following may be used as an elective:

Political Science required courses:

One of the following may be used as an elective:

Psychology required courses:

The following may be used as an elective:

Sociology required courses:

One of the following may be used as an elective:

Psychology Emphasis (69 Credits)

Psychology required courses:

Geography required courses:

History required courses:

Economics required courses:

Political Science required courses:

Sociology required courses:

Social Sciences Comprehensive majors not in education must demonstrate competence in writing. The writing exam is given during the junior year. See the department contact person for procedures.

Students planning to teach may want to choose a Social Sciences minor.

Social Sciences Minor (30 credits)

History (9 credits):

Geography (6 credits):

Note: Geography 3330, Environmental Conservation is a DPI GER requirement for education majors, but it does not count toward the Social Sciences Minor.

Economics (3 credits):

Political Science (3 credits):

Note: POLISCI 1230 Introduction to American Government is a DPI GER requirement for Education majors, but it does not count toward this Social Sciences minor.

Sociology (3 credits):

Psychology (3 credits):

Note: PSYCHLGY 3530 Adolescent Psychology can be taken to satisfy GER requirements for Education majors, but it does not count toward the Social Sciences minor.

Students who complete either the Social Sciences Comprehensive Major with an Emphasis in History or the History Major and the Social Sciences Comprehensive Minor, will be qualified to teach history at all grades and levels, all social studies courses through grade 10, and basic social studies courses in grades 11-12.

Students who earn a Social Sciences Comprehensive Major with an Emphasis in History or a History Major with a Social Sciences Comprehensive Minor can also be qualified to teach social science courses in grades 11-12 by completing one (or more) of the following sequences:

Economics

Geography

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Sociology

http://www.uwplatt.edu/socialsci/socio/socio.html

Contact: Michael G. Dalecki
Office: 313 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1807
E-mail: dalecki@uwplatt.edu
Professors:
David L. Zierath
Michael G. Dalecki
Lecturer:
Carol Feyen

About The Sociology Program and Minor

Sociology is the study of society and its component parts groups, cultures, norms, roles and their institutional and organizational relationships. Sociology is a discipline in the social sciences and part of the liberal arts approach to education. The Department of Social Sciences offers a minor in sociology which requires a minimum of 24 credits including no fewer than 12 credits at the 3000 level or above.

Students often minor in sociology if their majors are criminal justice or psychology. Both of these disciplines lead to employment in the criminal justice system, or the social welfare system.

Students of sociology learn important skills in reading, writing, analysis and logic. Students learn to do research and to interpret social, economic, political, cultural and technical change in a variety of contexts.

Sociology Minor (24 credits)

The sociology minor requires a minimum of 24 credits including no fewer than 12 credits at the 3000 level or above.